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2017: Evaluation Looking Forward: Transitioning from Past to Future

Sun, 04/02/2017 to Tue, 04/04/2017


The 40th Anniversary EERS Annual Conference will be convened April 2-4, 2017

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is pleased to announce that the organization's 40th Annual Conference will be returning to its historical home at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Absecon, New Jersey on April 2-4, 2017. Visit this site regularly for updated information about the conference and how evaluation professionals can be involved in this anniversary event. Consistent with this milestone in EERS history, the theme of this year's gathering is Evaluation Looking Forward: Transitioning from Past to Future.


Propose a Presentation at EERS 2017 - Submissions Due by December 9, 2016

The 2017 EERS conference Call for Proposals is now available and the online proposal submission is now open. Questions regarding the submission process can be directed the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Akisha Jones ( or Justin Piff ( In the meantime, here are five key considerations when preparing your proposal:

1. Submit your proposal early! You will have until April to pull it all together for your presentation, and we expect to send out acceptances in late January.

2. Consider the best format for your work: Individual, Panel, Skill Building, Ignite, or Student presentation.

3. Be selective: To increase program participation, we typically include the best presentation submitted by an author.

4. Know your co-authors: Have information about your co-authors on hand when submitting your proposal. You will need their city, state and email address.

5. Keep Informed: Follow us @EasternEval and #EERS17 on Twitter for the latest on the 2017 conference.


Student Proposals

The EERS conference has a long tradition of encouraging student presenters, with opportunities to present their research with financial support provided for successful proposers. Interested graduate and undergraduate students in evaluation disciplines are encouraged to consider submissions as described in the Call for Student Proposals. Questions about student conference proposals can be directed to Keith Trahan ( When you are ready, click here to submit a student proposal.


EERS Conference Sponsors

The EERS annual conference has in past years enjoyed gracious financial support from sponsors related to the evluation industry. If you are interested in getting involved in that capacity, please email Tom Archibald (


Support EERS Conference Student Participation

EERS takes pride in encouraging the next generation of evaluators by supporting students whose presentation proposals are accepted with stipends, and free or subsidized meal and conference registration fees exceeding $4000 annually. You can make tax-deductable donations securely through PayPal or with a credit card, with all proceeds going to support costs for student participants. Click the button below to make a one-time $10 donation and thank you for supporting our students!



Pre-Conference Workshops

EERS has a long history of providing popular evaluation practitioner workshops immediately prior to the formal opening of the annual conference. The 2017 pre-conference trainings will be listed at the bottom of this page once they are finalized, with links to additional information about sessions and presenters.


Technology and Social Media for the EERS Conference

This year's EERS conference will be tweeted at #EERS17

Technology hardware and support will again be provided for the EERS conference, with specific guidance provided for conference presenters and conference attendees.


Conference Materials

Conference materials, including session presentations, will be uploaded and available below. Some presentation materials may have to be omitted due to restrictions imposed by funders or the need to protect evaluation participants' confidentiality.


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